A Nut-Free Halloween Is Easier Than You Think

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nut-free halloween

Our son is allergic to peanuts and walnuts, so we’re a nut-free house, and a nut-free Halloween can be tough. When I say he’s allergic to peanut and walnuts, I don’t mean he would become mildly uncomfortable if he ate a nut. I mean—and I’m going to get dark here—he would most likely experience asphyxia, at which point we’d administer his EpiPen, call 911, have him rushed to the ER, and hope he’d survive. So, I say again, we’re a nut-free house.

That’s how it is for many nut-allergic kids and adults, so if you’re looking to have a nut-free Halloween this year, you might just become a lifesaver. (Livesavers are nut-free, by the way). Choosing nut-free candy is easy, and your nut-loving trick-or-treaters won’t know the difference.

Below is a list of popular, widely available nut-free Halloween candies that you can purchase and distribute with no extra effort. If you think you’re already nut-free, double-check the list of unsafe candies, which includes such classics as Plain M&Ms. They’re made in the same facility as Peanut M&Ms and therefore contain a nut warning. Who’d a thunk, right?!

These lists do not contain all known nut-free Halloween candies. Have any more suggestions? Put them in the comments.

Nut-Free (SAFE):

Airheads
Blow Pops
Bottle Caps
Charleston Chew
Dots
Dubble Bubble
Dum Dums
Everlasting Gobstoppers
Good & Plenty
Junior Mints
Lifesavers
Mike and Ike
Milk Duds
Nerds
Pop Rocks
Ring Pops
Skittles
Smarties
Sour Patch Kids
Starburst
Sugar Babies
Swedish Fish
Tootsie Pops
Tootsie Rolls (all sizes and varieties)
Twizzlers
Whoppers

Contains Nuts or Made in a Facility With Nuts (NOT SAFE):

3 Musketeers
5th Avenue
100 Grand
Almond Joy
Baby Ruth
Butterfinger
Clark
Crunch
Hershey Milk Chocolate
Hershey Special Dark
Hershey With Almonds
KitKat
Krackel
M&Ms (ALL varieties, including plain)
Mars
Milky Way
Mounds
Mr. Goodbar
Raisinets
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Reese’s Pieces
Rolo
Snickers
… and lots of others! Just stick to the first list of nut-free Halloween candy, and you’ll be good.

There’s also a program called the Teal Pumpkin Project, which encourages families to hand out non-food items (crayons, whistles, plastic spiders, whatnot) to trick-or-treaters. Some people get pretty upset at the idea of not handing out candy, so if that’s not for you, that’s cool too.

Happy nut-free Halloween, one and all!

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